Japanese edition of Best Car has published details of Toyota’s new premium crossover, which will be based on the next generation Crown model. The premiere of the car will take place towards the end of 2022.
As previously reported, after the generation change, the oldest model in the Toyota lineup will transform from a classic sedan into a large four-door coupe, similar in concept to the Audi A7 Sportback.
As for the crossover, it will differ from the standard new generation Toyota Crown with a slightly modified design, wheel arch extensions, and additional plastic protection for the lower part of the body.
In addition, the Crown Cross crossover will receive an upgraded suspension with a 25 mm increase in ground clearance, which will be 170 mm. This will give the car a higher stance and better adaptability to driving on snow and light off-road conditions.
The next Toyota Crown will be based on the GA-K platform, one of the modifications of the TNGA modular architecture that underlies most modern Toyota models. The new Toyota Camry and Lexus ES are based on this chassis version.
It is assumed that the line of engines will retain the current 2.0-liter “turbo four” with a capacity of 245 hp, as well as a hybrid installation based on a 2.5-liter atmospheric engine with a total output of about 280 forces. In the basic version, the car will have front-wheel drive, but the crossover will receive a four-wheel drive system.
According to preliminary data, in Japan prices for the Toyota Crown Cross will range from 5.8 million to 7.3 million yen (from 50 800 to 64 000 dollars at the current exchange rate).